To Edward Carrington
N. Y. Feby. 2. 90.
I sent to Col: Innis a few days ago Copies of the Reports of Mr. Hamilton & Mr. Knox, with a request that in case you should be in Town you might have a perusal of them. It was not then in my power to send separate Copies; besides that they are too voluminous to be multiplied without exceeding the due share of room in the conveyance. The former Report is to be considered on monday next. Amidst the variety of opinions it is impossible to ⟨know⟩ its fate. The latter does not seem to take and will ⟨be…⟩ certainly ⟨…⟩. The expence, if nothing else, is a millstone about it. The H. of Reps. has been at work for several days on the Census. It is still in the form I mentioned to you, so far as it affects the Marshalls.1 Mr. Blair & Mr. Randolph arrived yesterday, and the Court to which they belong was opened to day.2 Yrs. mo: sincerely
Js. Madison Jr
RC (PHC). Proof that Carrington was the recipient is found in Carrington to JM, 2 Mar. 1790.
1. Carrington had been appointed federal marshal for the Virginia district (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11—, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , XII, 391–92 and n. 1). JM discussed the census bill in his missing letter to Carrington of 24 Jan. 1790. The proposed bill provided that marshals would conduct the census; the marshal for Virginia was to receive $500 for performing this service, a provision that remained in the bill as passed on 1 Mar. 1790 (House Bills, 1st Cong., 1789–91 [microfilm, DLC]; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , I, 101–3).
2. JM alluded to the convening of the Supreme Court on 2 Feb.